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First Day — Jan 19, 2018

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today is the first day the following items have appeared in Around Town. Items are generally published a maximum of five times.)


Mann Avenue between 24th and 26th streets will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 24, as Constructors Inc. performs road work.


The Bulldog Baseball team will hold its 17th Annual Step Up to the Plate six-man golf scramble at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, weather permitting. To register or for more information, contact the Artesia Country Club Pro Shop at 746-6732.


The Artesia Baseball Boosters are raffling off a chance to win either a Glock 19 Gen4 pistol or a Savage Model 16/116 bolt action rifle. Tickets are $10 each. To purchase, contact any baseball parent, Kristi Chumbley, 910-4422, or Leigh Ann Thomas, 308-9073.


The Chase Foundation will provide information on the 2018 Chase Scholarship for parents and students at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, at the Artesia Public Schools Administration Building.


The Artesia Public Library’s portion of the Be in the Arts Workshop (Music and Theatre) are relocating to the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Both workshops are scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 27, with Music at 2 p.m. and Theatre at 3:15 p.m. The workshops are open to students in grades 6-12 and are free to attend. Space is limited; call the library at 746-4252 to register. The New Mexico School for the Arts has also changed the location of the Student Showcase, set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, from the Artesia High School Auditorium to the OPAC. The showcase will feature dance, music and theatre students from the NMSA and local students who participated in the workshops.


The Artesia Public Library is no longer accepting book donations. Anyone with books to donate is asked to consider the local thrift stores or the Roswell or Carlsbad Public Libraries.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Around Town is intended to announce events of interest to the general public in Artesia and the immediate area. Announcements of club and nonprofit organizations, school activities, government events and church activities are generally included in Around Town.)


The Artesia Center will host a new Toddler Time program. The program is free for parents to play with their children ages 1-5 from 9-11 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Games and activities will be provided. For more information, contact Miriam Kramer or Adam Leachman at 748-0299 or 616-3254.


Victory Life Fellowship will hold a car wash, weather permitting, from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Fenn’s Country Market. Cost is $10 per vehicle.


Artesia Girls’ Softball Association registration for girls ages 4-14 will be held at the following times at The Jahva House: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23 and Thursday, Jan. 25; and 10 a.m. – noon Jan. 20 and 27. Cost is $45. Late registration will be held Jan. 30 and Feb. 1 and 3. Cost will be $55. New players need to bring a birth certificate.


Safer New Mexico Now will conduct child seat safety inspections from 10 a.m. – noon Saturday, Jan. 20, at Artesia Fire Station No. 2, 309 N. Seventh St. Have your child safety or booster seat inspected for recalls, broken parts, improper installation, and appropriateness for your child. Learn the child restraint law in New Mexico. The child and child safety seat must be present to be considered for seat replacement. There is no charge for this service; however, a seat replacement fee of $20 may apply. For more information, call 1-800-231-6145.


The Artesia Public Library invites the public to relive Saturday afternoons spent at the theater or in front of the television – or, if a youngster, experience the movies parents, grandparents and even great-grandparents saw on the silver screen or the “tube” – with its Saturday Afternoon Matinee series. The first film will be “The Mark of Zorro” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, in the library meeting room. Movies will range from the late 1920s to the early 1980s. Bring movie snacks or enjoy free popcorn.


The Recreation Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, in Council Chambers at City Hall. The Recreation Department is accepting budget requests and facilities use agreements from recreational leagues and nonprofit organizations wishing to receive city funding for their 2018-19 seasons. Those requesting are urged to attend. This meeting is open to the public. For more information, contact recreation supervisor Luis Reyes at 746-9009.


The Artesia Special Hospital District Board of Trustees will meet at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, in the Artesia General Hospital meeting room for the purpose of conducting regular business and discussing finances and other matters in an open setting.


The Artesia High School Golf Boosters will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, in Coach Ridge Bowden’s room at AHS. All parents and boosters are asked to attend.


The Ocotillo Performing Arts Center will host the Portland Cello Project, a collective of fun, energetic cellists from Portland, Ore., at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the theatre. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased online at http://www.artesiaartscouncil.com or at the OPAC box office, 746-4212.


The Artesia Public Library has rescheduled its “Movie and a Chat” event to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, in the library meeting room. Watch “Secondhand Lions” and create a lion’s head bracelet during the film; materials will be provided. A discussion will follow the screening. Bring a snack or enjoy free popcorn. For more information, call the library at 746-4252.


The Artesia Arts Council, in conjunction with the Artesia Drug & Crime Coalition, will present a free teen suicide awareness event at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. A panel of guidance counselors and pastors will discuss teen suicide and the effects of drugs and alcohol on the teen population, and the arts council will perform “Saying Hello to Goodbye: A Play in One Act.” The event is geared toward teens (not recommended for ages 10 and under), but adults are also welcome. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 746-4212.


The Democratic Party of Eddy County will hold its Pre-Primary Nominating Convention at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at the IBEW Union Hall, 608 N. Main St., Carlsbad. Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m. The event is open to the public. All registered Democrats attending will nominate and elect delegates to the State Pre-Primary Convention. For more information, contact Christy Thomas at 302-3209 or [email protected].


“What Can You Macramé?” will return beginning from 10 a.m. – noon Monday, Jan. 29, at the Senior Center. Learn the basics of macramé knotting and do simple projects as practice for more complicated projects at home. The free program is self-paced, and all materials are provided.


Artesia Little League will host a coaches’ meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, in the Central Valley Electric Community Room, 1403 N. 13th St. Anyone interested in coaching in the 2018 season needs to attend. Background check forms will be available, and season information will be discussed. For more information, contact Kathy Beauregard at 703-5978.


The Artesia Public Library will host “Harry Potter Book Night: Fantastic Beasts” from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1. The event will feature games, readings, quizzes, sorting, and snacks inspired by foods in the books. For more information, contact Jessica Paschal, teen services librarian, at 746-8515 or [email protected].


The New Mexico Breastfeed Task Force – Eddy County’s February meetings will be held from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, and from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at 309 S. First St. For more information, contact Amanda, 496-1252, or Andrea, 513-0401.


The Ocotillo Performing Arts Center is hosting a Jon Smith Workshop Series. “Everyone Communicates, Few Connect” will be presented at 6 p.m. Feb. 13, 20 and 27; cost is $100 and includes all materials and a copy of the book. “Becoming a Person of Influence” will be held at 6 p.m. April 5 and 12; cost is $75 and includes all materials and a copy of the book. To register, visit http://www.artesiaartscouncil.com or call the OPAC box office at 746-4212.


The Bulldog and Lady Bulldog Basketball Boosters are conducting their Fourth Annual Car Raffle. Grand prize is a 2017 Ford Escape S; five others will win $100 each. Only 2,000 tickets will be sold at $20 each. Drawing will be held during Pack the Pit Feb. 16. See any basketball parent for tickets. For more information, contact Candida Gonzales at 719-306-5167.


An Emergency Preparedness Fair will be held from 10 a.m. – noon Saturday, Feb. 24, at 2519 W. Hermosa Drive. Representatives from the Boy Scouts, the FLETC, Artesia General Hospital, the City of Artesia, utilities, local businesses, and churches will be on hand to provide information about preparing for such disasters as tornadoes, fires, earthquakes, and active shooters. Information will be provided on how to prepare a three-day survival bag or 72-hour kit, food storage, water storage/purification, and first aid tips.


Kindergarten registration for the 2018-19 school year will be held from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. April 3-5 at Grand Heights Early Childhood Center, 2302 W. Grand Ave. Students registering must turn 5 before Sept. 1, 2018. For more information, call 746-6282.


All ladies are invited to participate in a lunch-hour Bible study covering the book of Daniel continuing each Thursday through March. The study will be held from noon – 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Total Life Center and is perfect for working or busy women. For more information, contact Rita Derrick at 513-1523.


A free English as a second language class will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursdays at 2519 W. Hermosa Drive. For more information, call 308-4700.


Benefactors are being sought to sponsor local students involved in the Packs of Love project. Packs of Love sends backpacks filled with food home over the weekends and school holidays with children who may not otherwise have access to nutritious meals outside of school. A $20 donation covers the cost of food for one student for one month. Donations may be mailed to Packs of Love, P.O. Box 1824, Artesia, N.M., 88211-1824.


Divorce Care classes for those needing guidance, encouragement or emotional support after or while going through a divorce will be held from 7-8 p.m. each Wednesday in the Trinity Temple Assembly of God Fireside Room. For more information, contact Minnie at 513-2548.


The Ocotillo Performing Arts Center is seeking volunteers/docents to help with tasks such as watching over the gallery, answering phones, taking messages, straightening up, etc. Volunteers can receive discounts on tickets, workshops, classes, etc. For more information, contact Laurie at the OPAC, 746-4212 or [email protected].


Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) is a weight-loss group that meets at 9 a.m. each Wednesday at the Senior Center. The group offers lessons on good nutrition and losing weight. Need not be a Senior Center member to attend. For more information, call 736-0250.


The Artesia Literacy Council is now offering early-evening classes from 4-6 p.m. and day classes from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Thursday. Each student will meet with a tutor at a time agreed upon by both. Classes include Basic Literacy, English as a Second Language, and GED and citizenship exam preparation. For more information, call 748-9740.


The Artesia Literacy Council is in need of volunteer tutors. Training is provided free of charge. Only one hour two days a week is required to make a difference in the lives of others. Basic Literacy helps adults learn to read; English as a Second Language helps non-native speakers learn to speak, read and write the language; and GED and citizenship exam preparation helps prepare students for those tests. To volunteer or for more information, call 748-9740.


A support group is being formed for families of children with autism. For more information, contact Jessica at 420-1391 or Eric at 420-0059.


The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation invites residents to stop by and see if they qualify for rental/mortgage or utility assistance at 1313 Gilchrist Ave. For more information, call 746-6712.


Adult yoga classes for all skill levels are held from 9-10:15 a.m. Saturdays and Kids’ Yoga from 10:30-11:45 a.m. Saturdays at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Cost is $10 for a drop-in class or $80 for a 10-class package. For more information, call the OPAC at 746-4212.


Openings are now available for adults wishing to learn the art of stained glass. Classes will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday evenings. For more information, contact Felipe at 308-9112.


New Mexico’s only no-kill animal shelter, Animal Village of Alamogordo, is asking Artesians to donate gently-worn used and new shoes as a fundraiser to help support the shelter as well as individuals in developing nations. Call 308-3486 for shoe pickup or drop off at the Artesia Daily Press, 503 W. Main St.


The Artesia General Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. The store is located at 611 N. First St. $7 bag sales (13-gallon bags) are held each Wednesday and Saturday. Donations can be dropped off during business hours.


Artesia General Hospital and the Alzheimer’s Association will host an Alzheimer’s Family Support Group from 10-11 a.m. the third Thursday of each month in the AGH Senior Care Unit dining room (enter via AGH Human Resources entrance off of 13th Street; ring bell of Senior Care Unit for admission). Refreshments are served. Families dealing with a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, or those wishing to learn more about the diseases, are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 736-8175.


A Placed by Grace adoption ministry meets at 3:30 p.m. the first and third Sunday of every month in the Harvest Fellowship Sanctuary, 404 W. Richey Ave. Anyone who has been part of an adoption is invited to attend. For more information, contact Harvest Fellowship at 746-6195.


Celebrate Recovery, a non-denominational, Christ-centered recovery program, is held each Tuesday at Hermosa Church of Christ. A meal is served at 6 p.m., followed by the program from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, call 513-2709 or 308-9273.


Artesia Meals on Wheels is seeking volunteers. The organization delivers hot lunches to the elderly and individuals with disabilities. For more information on volunteering or registering a participant to receive meals, call 746-9642.


The Keeping the Dream Alive organization will meet at 5:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Artesia Center, 612 N. Eighth St. The public is invited to attend.


Lakeview Christian Hospice will offer Grief Share, a video and support group for those who have experienced the death of a loved one, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday mornings at the Senior Center, 202 Chisum Ave. For more information, contact Ronda Suderman King at 575-887-0933.


Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meets the first and third Thursdays of each month. MOPS is open to mothers with children ages newborn-kindergarten. This is a way to meet moms in the community. Childcare is provided. For more information, visit Artesia MOPS on Facebook.


The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation’s senior citizens’ bingo program takes place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays.


Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. Monday through Friday at 312 W. Kemp Ave. Rides are available. For more information, call David any time, day or night, at 602-9210.


Alcoholics Anonymous meets from 7-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 4-5 p.m. Sundays at 505 W. Richey Ave.